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A-TEAM has director, TOMB RAIDER Re-Boot, CLOONEY filming ER this week and nice surprise for OCTOBER ROAD fans

The A-Team– Fox has hired Smokin’ Aces director, Joe Carahan, to helm its big screen version of the classic 80’s TV show. John Singleton (Shaft) was attached but reportedly left the project after many a script rewrite. Even though no one has been officially cast as yet, the studio hopes to have it in theaters June 11, 2010. While many television properties have lara-croftcrashed and burned on the big screen, I think this one has the potential to really work if cast right. Ridley Scott (Gladiator) will produce.

Tomb Raider– According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros and producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) are in the process of rebooting the franchise. While it’s pretty much a given that Angelina Jolie has left that character in her past, the trade mentions Rhona Mitra as a possible replacement candidate. Mitra’s star has risen somewhat with starring roles in B-action fare Doomsday and the Underworld prequel, which is currently in theaters. Her best work as an actress was David E. Kelly’s ABC TV series, The Practice, where she showed decent acting chops and a lot of appeal. She would be a solid choice but could she pull in a sizable audience? That jury’s still out. My gut feeling is that it’s not going to happen with her. I’m more partial to Evangeline Lilly (Lost) for the role as she would be a really fun choice. 

ERGeorge Clooney and Julianna Margolis are filming their ER return this week as characters Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway. It will be interesting to see if NBC will heavily promote the appearances on the program or try and keep it a secret until it airs. Speaking of ER, it’s amazing how much screen time the writers have given Scott Grimes (Critters) who plays the insecure Dr Archie Morris. While brought on as a recurring ‘comic relief’ character in 2003, he has emerged as one of the main leads. While far from George Clooney in looks, Grimes is a very likable presence that’s been an interesting and solid addition to the show.

October Road– The cast of the now canceled ABC show recently filmed a 15 minute series conclusion that will be added to the May 5th second and final season DVD release, which will tie up all the character-related loose ends. While not a critical darling the show was fun and captured life in a small town extremely well. I was a fan and look forward to watching that extra 15 minutes.

Producers of the CW 90210 have done the right thing by burying the hatchet and finally agreeing to bring back original series cast member Tori Spelling and her Donna Martin character. While she has received a bad rap in the media, she was good on the original show. Her return should add a lot to the program as she’s a really likable presence in that role.

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